Flirt FM to tell the story of Belfast punk

NORTHERN IRELAND endured its worst period of violence in the 1970s but the arrival of punk music gave young Catholics and Protestants a reason to defy the sectarian divide.

The impact of punk in Ulster will be examined in Beyond The Wire - The Story of Belfast Punk 1975 - 1985, a documentary by Cormac Staunton, to be broadcast on Flirt 101.3FM on Monday at 7pm.

The programme will explore the movements non-sectarian ethos and speak with many of the people involved in the scene, such as BBC Radio Ulster’s Stuart Bailie, who described punk as “the first peace process in a way”.

Beyond The Wire will feature music from Rudi, The Outcasts, Stiff Little Fingers, and also Derry band the Undertones, as Belfast’s Good Vibrations label originally released ‘Teenage Kicks’.

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